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A. Vaccines are authorized for emergency use (EUA) are offered on a voluntary basis.
A. Yes. CDC recommends that during the pandemic people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside your household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unable to remove a mask without assistance should not wear a mask. For more information, visit considerations for wearing masks.
A. Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like wearing masks, washing hands often, and social distancing. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on mask use. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
A. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19 again; this is called natural immunity. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.
A. There is not enough information currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before making that decision. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.
A. Vaccination distribution prioritization will first focus on those providing direct medical care, maintaining essential national security and installation functions, deploying forces, and those beneficiaries at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19.
A. Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools available. Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. Other steps, like wearing masks and social distancing, help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from COVID-19.
A. Yes, based on DoD prioritization. While there is limited vaccine availability, vaccination distribution prioritization will focus on those providing direct medical care, maintaining essential national security and installation functions, deploying forces, and those beneficiaries at the highest risk for developing severe illness from COVID-19. TRICARE beneficiaries empaneled at a DoD Military Treatment Facility (MTF) are eligible to receive the vaccine at a DoD MTF. TRICARE beneficiaries who receive care at DoD MTFs on a space-available basis can alternately receive vaccine through the local civilian jurisdiction.
A. If you experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911. If you have a less severe reaction, call the medical group COVID on-call cell at +82 010-3658-0752.
Additionally, all members will receive specific post vaccination instructions/reference material prior to leaving the vaccination site.
Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). "Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
For additional questions, please contact your first sergeant.
A: DoD Civilians and Korean National Employees must adhere to “sick leave” policies and coordinate with their supervisors.
A: Yes, but remember to 'mind the meter.'
A: Now that all USFK-affiliated individuals can freely travel within South Korea without restriction, an exception-to-policy is not required for travel to Seoul/Area II.
A: You can stay in hotels, both on and off installation.
A: Public transportation is authorized, but not recommended, due to the proximity of people and exposure risk. Please wear a mask at all times and frequently sanitize your hands if you use public transportation.
A: The Medical Group enforces masks due to cold/flu season.
A: A visitor's request for base access must be routed through the 8th Security Forces Squadron.
A: Yes. All USFK-affiliated individuals can freely travel within South Korea without restriction.
A: All training events will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. Training that does continue forward will maintain social distancing at all times.
A: Airmen can take leave both on and off the peninsula right now. Squadron commanders are the approval authority.
In accordance with U.S. Forces Korea, the 8th Fighter Wing will remain in a Public Health Emergency status for COVID-19 until further notice. The Kunsan Air Base population will adhere to all USFK-directed actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the community. This includes military personnel, family members, Department of Defense and Korean National civilian employees, Department of Defense retirees, contractors and any other persons with access to Kunsan Air Base.
Any service member who refuses to obey or otherwise violates an order during this declared PHE may be detained and may be subject to punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. All other personnel with access to USFK installations who refuse to obey or otherwise violates this declaration or any other order during the PHE may be denied installation access or be barred from the installation for a period of two years.
On Jan. 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared a public health emergency of international concern for the 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. On Jan. 31, 2020, the secretary of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency in the United States and announced new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. While supporting other government agencies’ response to the COVID-19 threat, the Department of the Air Force is responding appropriately to protect the health of the force and maintain operational readiness.
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For emergency services: Dial 911 (on base phones) or 063-470-0911 (Korean cellphone) to receive URGENT care for any symptoms associated with COVID-19.
For non-urgent notification of suspected COVID-19 contact: Contact 8th Medical Group Public Health at 782-4510/4509 or at 010-5464-3928 if you believe you have had close contact with individuals carrying COVID-19.